I, an Actor

Author: Nicholas Craig

Publisher: Methuen Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780413765505

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 173

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Presents the humorous fictionalized memoirs of British thespian Nicholas Craig.

An Actor's Revenge

Author: Ian Breakwell

Publisher: British Film Inst

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 55

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An Actor's Revenge is one of the masterworks of the modern Japanese cinema. Visually stunning, with some of the most imaginative widescreen camera-work ever seen, the film exemplifies director Kon Ichikawa's self description: 'I was trained as a painter and I strill think like one'. How Ichikawa transforms a melodramatic tale into a total cinematic experience is vividly analysed in fellow artist Ian Breakwell's sympathetic study. An Actor's Revenge tells the bizarre story of Yukinojo, a nineteenth century Kabuki female impersonator who employs his theatrical skills to deceives and destroy the merchants who caused the death of his parents. Ichikawa's film is a remake, thirty years later, of Teinosuke Kinugasa's 1936 box-office smash, using the same actor, Kazuo Hasegawa, in the twin roles of transvestite Yukinojo and virile thief Yamitaro. What might have been a mere gimmick proved an inspired stroke of casting. Breakwell acclaims Hasegawa's dual performance as one of the cinema's greatest displays of acting, in which the highly artificial conventions of Japanese theatre are mobilised in a dazzling play on the mysteries of identity and sexuality. An Actor's Revenge is one of the masterworks of the modern Japanese cinema. Visually stunning, with some of the most imaginative widescreen camera-work ever seen, the film exemplifies director Kon Ichikawa's self description: 'I was trained as a painter and I strill think like one'. How Ichikawa transforms a melodramatic tale into a total cinematic experience is vividly analysed in fellow artist Ian Breakwell's sympathetic study. An Actor's Revenge tells the bizarre story of Yukinojo, a nineteenth century Kabuki female impersonator who employs his theatrical skills to deceives and destroy the merchants who caused the death of his parents. Ichikawa's film is a remake, thirty years later, of Teinosuke Kinugasa's 1936 box-office smash, using the same actor, Kazuo Hasegawa, in the twin roles of transvestite Yukinojo and virile thief Yamitaro. What might have been a mere gimmick proved an inspired stroke of casting. Breakwell acclaims Hasegawa's dual performance as one of the cinema's greatest displays of acting, in which the highly artificial conventions of Japanese theatre are mobilised in a dazzling play on the mysteries of identity and sexuality.

There And Back Again: An Actor's Tale

Author: Joe Layden,Sean Astin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753546981

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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When Sean Astin, veteran Hollywood actor of over 30 movies including The Goonies, and Rudy, landed the part of Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings, he knew it was going to be different to anything he'd ever worked on before. Here he shares his heartfelt opinions on his early movies, how he got the part of Sam at that point in his career, and what it was like to be on set for nearly two years of his life. How did he and the other cast members get along? What were the excitements and the dangers they faced during filming? What happened the evening that Elijah Wood lost the keys to his room? How did Sir Ian McKellen cope when he didn't like the music the hobbits listened to during make-up and what happened when the crew considered striking? Revealing and immensely readable, There and Back Again is the behind-the-scenes look at what it was like to be involved in the making of one of the biggest movie franchises of all time.

Object Oriented Analysis and Design Using UML

Author: N.A

Publisher: Tata McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 1259006743

Category: Object-oriented methods (Computer science)

Page: 370

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"Building on their classroom teaching experiences over the years, Dr Jeya Mala and Dr Geetha have deployed an innovative approach and student-friendly style to explain Object Oriented Analysis and Design concepts, thereby ensuring that the interest of the readers is maintained. The textbook covers case studies, activity models, and diagrams using the latest version of UML 2. The book contains adequate span to cover the curriculum requisites and rich pedagogical features to cater to the needs of undergraduate students."--Back cover.

An Actor's Tricks

Author: Lorna Marshall,Yoshi Oida

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408140969

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

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A founding member of Peter Brook's international theatre company, Yoshi Oida infuses his acting and directing with the artistry of the Oriental traditions and a mastery of Western forms. In this disarmingly accessible study of the art of acting he shares his unique experience and range of expertise. An Actor's Tricks offers a meticulous scrutiny of the actor's preparation for performance and comes with a foreword by Peter Brook. Drawing on an unrivalled wealth and range of expertise in the fields of acting, directing and training, Yoshi Oida and Lorna Marshall provide an authoritative and fascinating study of the art of the actor. In scrutinising the process of performance from the twin perspectives of the actor and director, An Actor's Tricks is filled with hints, insights and stories from productions with Peter Brook and from around the world. Beginning with the daily preparation to train the body, it moves to the process of rehearsal for a performance right up to the moment when the actor steps onstage. An appendix of practical exercises is included for the actor to follow. The books combines principles and techniques from both Western and Eastern disciplines of acting to provide a masterful study essential for every actor and director.

An Actor's Work

A Student's Diary

Author: Konstantin Stanislavski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134101473

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 728

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Stanislavski’s ‘system’ has dominated actor-training in the West since his writings were first translated into English in the 1920s and 30s. His systematic attempt to outline a psycho-physical technique for acting single-handedly revolutionized standards of acting in the theatre. Until now, readers and students have had to contend with inaccurate, misleading and difficult-to-read English-language versions. Some of the mistranslations have resulted in profound distortions in the way his system has been interpreted and taught. At last, Jean Benedetti has succeeded in translating Stanislavski’s huge manual into a lively, fascinating and accurate text in English. He has remained faithful to the author's original intentions, putting the two books previously known as An Actor Prepares and Building A Character back together into one volume, and in a colloquial and readable style for today's actors. The result is a major contribution to the theatre, and a service to one of the great innovators of the twentieth century.

The Actor and the Alexander Technique

Author: Kelly McEvenue

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0312295154

Category: Drama

Page: 148

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F.M. Alexander developed the Alexander Technique of movement in the early 20th century. Combining vocal clarity and body movement, Alexander developed a performance coaching method that is used by dancers, actors, singers, etc. In The Actor and the Alexander Technique, Kelly McEvenue writes the first basic book about how this unique technique can help actors feel more natural on the stage. She provides warm-up exercises, "balance" and "center" exercises, spatial awareness exercises. She talks about imitation, the use of masks, nudity on the stage, dealing with injury and aging. She talks about specific productions that have successfully used the Alexander Technique, such as "The Lion King". With a foreword by Patsy Rodenburg of our own phenomenal The Actor Speaks this is a book that belongs on the shelf of every working and studying actor.

The Actor Within

Intimate Conversations with Great Actors

Author: Rose Eichenbaum

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819571652

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 268

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In Rose Eichenbaum’s third work on the confluence of art making and human expression, she delves into the lives of thirty-five celebrated actors through intimate conversations and photographic portraits. With her probing questions and disarming manner, she captures the essential character of her subjects while shining a light on the art that defines them. The work provides extraordinary insights on the craft of acting with discussions of process, techniques, tools of the trade, and how to advice for aspiring actors from seasoned veterans. These stars of stage and screen, known for signature roles and critically acclaimed performances, emerge in The Actor Within with masks and wardrobe removed. Here, they speak their own lines, tell their own stories, and raise the curtain on what it means to live the actor’s life—the challenge of mastering their craft, the drama of big breaks and career woes, the search for meaningful roles, and above all, having the courage to bare their souls before theater audiences or the camera. For the artists featured in this work, acting is more than a profession; it is how they make their way in the world and artfully merge their inner sense of humanness with universal truths. This collection serves as an important inspirational resource for anyone interested in making art, regardless of medium. The Actor Within includes interviews with Karl Malden, Ruby Dee, Ed Harris, Piper Laurie, Marcia Gay Harden, William H. Macy, Ellen Burstyn, Joe Mantegna, Debra Winger, Julia Stiles, Elliott Gould, Elijah Wood, Stockard Channing, Bill Pullman, Amanda Plummer, Marlee Matlin, Charles Durning, Marsha Mason, and many others.

An Actor's Guide to Getting Work

Author: Simon Dunmore

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408109271

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Competition for acting work is fierce, and although talent is important, actors need all the help they can get. Now in its fourth edition, this practical, comprehensive guide contains invaluable information and advice to enable actors to make the most of: drama schools; audition speeches and sight-readings; letters, CVs and photographs; finding and working with an agent; auditions for musicals; the fringe; interviews; TV, commercials and films; voice-overs; the Internet; Equity. The author, an experienced director, has drawn on his own knowledge and also on the experience of numerous other professionals to produce a book that has become the standard work of reference for actors of all ages.

Once A Saint

An Actor's Memoir

Author: Ian Ogilvy

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472122046

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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'A wickedly entertaining new memoir' Daily Mail According to the Daily Mail Ian Ogilvy was 'the undisputed star of 1970s TV as the dashing Simon Templar in Return Of The Saint'. The show turned him into a household name, causing him to be touted as the next James Bond. From a liberal upbringing in post-war Britain, boarding school escapades and life at RADA, Ogilvy enjoyed an acting career spanning more than fifty years, including TV show Upstairs, Downstairs and films Witchfinder General, No Sex Please: We're British and Death Becomes Her. His story plays host to a spectacular all-star cast including Boris Karloff, Hayley Mills, Penelope Keith, Derek Nimmo, Timothy Dalton, Derek Jacobi and Meryl Streep, and Ogilvy gives a vivid account from behind the scenes of the Golden Age of television and film. Once a Saint is an amusing and unvarnished story: a tremendously endearing tale from a working actor. His story is modest and endlessly charming, told in such a way that opens a reader's heart to him.

An Actor's Odyssey: From Orson Welles to Lucky the Leprechaun

Author: Arthur Anderson

Publisher: BearManor Media

ISBN: 1593935226

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 228

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ARTHUR ANDERSON claims he's been in every branch of show business but grand opera and the circus. He became a professional actor at twelve on radio, including 18 years on the children's fairy tale program Let's Pretend. His first Broadway stage appearance was with Orson Welles in the Mercury Theatre's Julius Caesar. Summer stock, winter stock, musical stock, television and motion pictures including Green Card and Zelig followed, and for 29-years he was the original voice of Lucky The Leprechaun for Lucky Charms Cereal, as well as doing dozens of on-camera commercials. This is his story!

Shooting the Actor

Author: Simon Callow

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1466892021

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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When Simon Callow met the Yugoslav film director Dusan Makavejev to discuss his new film Manifesto, they both greatly looked forward to working together. Only months later the two were barely speaking. A companion volume to Being An Actor, Shooting the Actor is a funny and disastrous account of a film made in the former Yugoslavia, together with new essays on film and film acting including Callow's work in Amadeus and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Shooting the Actor reveals more about the process of filmmaking and the highly complex nature of the role of both actor and director than any formal guide could ever provide.

How To Become An Actor

The Best and Current Tips Available on Becoming an Actor

Author: Michele Ehlers

Publisher: Michele Ehlers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 17

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Do you dream of being an actor? It's a wonderful dream! If you are seriously considering becoming an actor, this is a must read book. It's new, solid information about what it's really like, and excellent tips on how to help you break into the industry!

Kabuki a Pocket Guide

Author: Ronald Cavaye

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462903991

Category: Drama

Page: 184

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Kabuki A Pocket Guide introduces readers to the foundations of Kabuki—its history and its actors, its acting styles and its performance, its color and music—to the sheer beauty and joy of Kabuki. Kabuki, the popular theatre of Japan, began in about 1603 and is still flourishing today. It was the entertainment of the common people as opposed to Noh, the refined theatre of the aristocracy, and is a close relative of the Bunraku puppet theater. All the actors in Kabuki, even those who play female roles, are men and plays and dances deal with the love of the heroes and villains form Japans real or legendary past. Concise enough to take to performance, this pocket guide to Kabuki provides a wealth of fascinating information about plays, the actors, and their history. As only an insider can do, the author takes us behind the scene to meet the actors, attend rehearsal, and get a first-hand look at the makeup, costumes, sets and props that go into a Kabuki performance.

The Actor's Secret

Techniques for Transforming Habitual Patterns and Improving Performance

Author: Betsy Polatin

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583946837

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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Offering revolutionary new training for the actor, The Actor's Secret teaches actors and performers how to incorporate the fundamentals of the Alexander Technique, Somatic Experiencing®, and Breathing Coordination in order to reduce performance anxiety and stress; improve stage presence, breathing, and vocal production; and restore well-being and healthy functioning. These three kinesthetic disciplines are designed to lead to profound change and healing through body-mind reeducation. Part I explains in detail the principles of the three techniques. A practical method for self-improvement and neuromuscular reeducation, the Alexander Technique focuses on changing inefficient habits of movement and patterns of tension that inhibit the ability to move easily. Breathing Coordination helps increase breathing capacity and awareness. A method for resolving emotional trauma, Somatic Experiencing® follows a process of tracking bodily sensations to restore vitality and health. Enhanced with over 100 instructive photos, Parts II and III present explorations and exercises that draw on elements of the three methods. Topics covered include the importance of presence and non-doing; the proper mechanics of vocalization and singing; the understanding of character and role; and the actor's journey from auditions to performance, including initial script preparation, rehearsal, monologue, and scene work. Developed by Betsy Polatin, a movement specialist and master lecturer at Boston University's College of Fine Arts, the book's exercises provide the actor with simple tools for exploring his or her acting work. Most techniques and self-help books teach a new way of "doing." The secret of this book lies in "non-doing." When the actor learns to first recognize and then suspend habitual patterns, he or she opens the door to deeper artistic choices. "I have worked with many fine Alexander Technique teachers over the years and Betsy Polatin is far and away one of the finest. Her touch, her instincts, and her knowledge are miraculous."—Andre Gregory, actor and director, My Dinner with Andre

The Actor as Storyteller

An Introduction to Acting

Author: Bruce Miller

Publisher: Limelight Editions

ISBN: 1458471535

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 330

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(Book). The Actor as Storyteller is intended for serious beginning actors. It opens with an overview, explaining the differences between theater and its hybrid mediums, the part an actor plays in each of those mediums. It moves on to the acting craft itself, with a special emphasis on analysis and choice-making, introducing the concept of the actor as storyteller, then presents the specific tools an actor works with. Next, it details the process an actor can use to prepare for scene work and rehearsals, complete with a working plan for using the tools discussed. The book concludes with a discussion of mental preparation, suggestions for auditioning, a process for rehearsing a play, and an overview of the realities of show business. Included in this updated edition are: A detailed examination of script analysis of the overall play and of individual scenes; A sample of an actor's script, filled with useful script notations; Two new short plays, one written especially for this text; Updated references, lists of plays, and recommended further reading